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If you're living within civilized society, you've undoubtedly heard about Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones.
No major characters died (shockingly), no wars were waged (yet) and in the grand scheme of Westeros, it wasn't an overly eventful episode in general. Yet the buzz around it is palpable. Why? Because of the disturbingly graphic storyline between Sansa Stark and her sadistic betrothed, Ramsay Bolton.
This episode we saw Sansa get married. Again. I won't get into the confusion I felt when they married her to Ramsay, considering she's still legally married to Tyrion, as far as I know? That's neither here nor there, because she DID marry Ramsay in the Godswood of her family home, after being given away by Theon. So basically the entire affair was an elaborate way to torture her and put her in her place. Then it came time for the consummation, and things really start to get hairy.
Twitter was enraged after Ramsay raped Sansa on Sunday.
The theme is clear: ANOTHER lead, female character being raped was an unnecessary plot device, one that arguably did nothing to further Sansa's story or journey, but that DID glorify rape... again. You may also notice that there's been a lot of argument about this instance not being rape at all, but rather a typical event after a wedding of yore, witness and all. In fact, during Sansa's first wedding to Tyrion, you may remember the OG monster Joffrey going on and on about a "bedding ceremony," in which a group of witnesses literally watches the first sexual encounter of the married couple. This was not an uncommon happening in actual history, as it was the only way to ensure that consummation actually took place.
Do you think all women who were wed to a complete stranger back then were actually looking forward to their trip the marital bed? Marital sex was mainly seen as a duty back then, a way to make babies. So was what happened to Sansa actually THAT far off from the typical goings on? No, not really. So why, then, are everyone's panties in a twist? Well, it was graphic. Incredibly hard to watch. It may also have been because of the unceasing rape undertones throughout the series and the atrocity that is rape culture in our world. Perhaps it's because Sansa literally has the worst luck of any fictional character ever. Whatever the reason, the fandom was outraged. But what about Sophie Turner, the actress that actually plays Sansa
She loved it. That's right, you read that correctly: she loved it. And, strictly from an acting standpoint, who could blame her? It's a meaty role with controversial content that lets her show her range. When asked about the scene, Turner said:
When I read that scene, I kinda loved it. I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up. It’s also so daunting for me to do it. I’ve been making [producer Bryan Cogman] feel so bad for writing that scene: “I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!” But I secretly loved it.
She does admit, though, that the series writers clearly have it out for Sansa in general:
After Joffrey, she’s escaped him and you think she’s going to lose her virginity to a guy who’s really sweet and takes care of her and she’s thrown in with a guy who’s a whole lot worse. But I kind of like the fact she doesn’t really know what a psycho he is until that night. She has a sense, but she’s more scared of his father. And then that night everything gets so fucked up.
I have some personal theories about what happens next for Sansa and/or Ramsay.
1. Sansa will trigger what little remains of Theon Greyjoy, he sheds his Reeky skin and kills Ramsay to protect Sansa, where he failed to protect the rest of her kin.
2. Stannis and The Red Woman march on Winterfell, destroy Bolton and his entire cavalry and hold on to Ramsay for Lord Commander Snow to deal with.
3. Miranda snaps and either tries to kill Sansa or Ramsay. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
4. Sansa realizes her full potential and just kills the mother fucker herself.
What do you think, readers? Any of those scenarios above seem plausible to you? Let us know in the comments!
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